Who is Maziar Lorestani?
Maziar Lorestani was born in 1966 in Tehran, Iran. He is an actor and writer, known for Mah Monir (2007), Tasvie hesab (2010) and Morvarid-e Siyah (1994).A well-known Iranian actor has come out as a transgender man, to mixed reception on social media. The 56-year-old actor said in a voice recording last week that he would now be going by the name Maziar Lorestani - though his Instagram username also includes his former first name, Shohreh. Lorestani, who lives and works in Iran said that he is now "customarily and legally" a man. "I hope I can continue my work as an artist with my new identity," Lorestani said. Lorestani began acting in the 1980s, featuring in television, film and theatre productions. He has close to half a million followers on Instagram. Though Lorestani's coming out was met by some social users with anti-trans comments, others congratulated him on becoming "his true self".